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The Velocity continues to get my attention... big time!  This would be a very nice project, but I would need to like using a sanding bloc and I would need a lot more money as well!  

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Talking about the Velocity, one was for sale on site (114,000$):

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Want to buy a bigger plane??? Here is one for you!

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Coming back to reality, I had the chance to sit in the S45-Mystere, to be produced in St-Jean sur Richelieu (Quebec and just 1/2 hour away from home).  This is the successor to the S44-Mystere prototype which crashed during a test flight because of an engine failure.  One of the partners died in that accident.  The other partner decided to create a new plane model based on the same concept, but that time, the plane would use a "true" aircraft engine (a Lycoming).  The plane is a bit bigger and is supposed to fly in September 2000.

It is really a beautiful model that offers great visibility, seating comforts...  The wing is located behind the front seat.. so the pilot has a perfect downward view (despites that this is a low-wing aircraft).

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I also sat in the Super-Chipmunk, built and sold by Gilles Leger.  The wings are the original De Havilland ones, but the fuselage was redesigned to accommodate larger pilot and passenger.  When I sat in the plane, I felt really small (and I am a 5'11", 200lb guy).  There is a web-site that present this plane... if my spelling is right, this is www.super-chipmunk.com

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You have a bit more money? ... and you want to go fast?... This is the project for you!  Ahhhh... let's keep dreaming.

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One plane that always get my attention is the Gee Bee.  I could not imagine that an individual would be crazy enough to fly that plane until I saw it.  Stall speed is 100mph and approach speed is 140mph.  During landing, the pilot has absolutely no visibility and flies by feeling (well, this is what I understood from the announcer).  

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I can imagine that the super-skilled pilot that flies this toy would not be excited by a ride in a 152...




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